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Before writing for the Strategist, Jenna Milliner-Waddell covered home décor for Forbes Finds. Now she finds the best-rated products you didn’t know you needed, from placemats to puzzles. Bundles Vendors
Before writing for the Strategist, Jenna Milliner-Waddell covered home décor for Forbes Finds. Now she finds the best-rated products you didn’t know you needed, from placemats to puzzles.
First it was toilet paper, then it was yeast, then exercise equipment. Now the latest quick-to-sell-out category spurred by the pandemic is wigs. The New York Times recently reported on the shortage of both hair and lace (which hair is sewn onto in order to make wigs), explaining that people — mainly Black women — have been stockpiling through quarantine. Wigs have long been lauded as a protective style, ideal for people who don’t want to manipulate their own hair every day, but they’re also a nice solution when you can’t see your stylist with regularity, a reality many of us are currently facing. With wig inventory still fluctuating, we spoke to a handful of experts to uncover the worthwhile still-in-stock options out there.
There’s a vast landscape of hair vendors and wig types to sort through online, but we’ve decided to focus on lace-front wigs — which are among the most natural-looking — here. But before we get into the ones our experts trust, there are some general rules of thumb to consider when shopping for a wig. “Some things we are looking for are virgin unprocessed hair, softness, minimal hair shedding, color- and thermal-safe, a transparent and thin lace, and density of 150 to 220 percent,” says Kadeisha Placide, manager and lead stylist at Brooklyn salon Classic Beauty Studio. Some of those details you will only be able to tell once the wig arrives, so be mindful of the return policy. The size of the wig is also important. Placide says that 13-by-4 is a practical size for a lace frontal and that an average cap size is 22 inches. However, sometimes wigs will come in multiple sizes, so measure your head and make sure you are getting the right one.
Amazon Lace Wigs Human Hair With that in mind, below are the (still in stock) wigs Placide and four other experts swear by.